I’ve been creating a new deck I call Virtues and Vices and as I started to do the cards, I came up with so many more vices. It was actually getting harder for me to find as many virtues, so I scrapped the project for a hot minute to work on other creative endeavors.
If we’re being honest, vices are far more fun! And look at the people we watch on television and in the movies who have vices! We can’t get enough of them. The saints? Eh.
Ray Donovan…bad ass central! Walter White, Lucifer, Dexter…you get my point! On some level we are all rooting for them.
And the women! Villanelle in Killing Eve, Nurse Ratched, and my favorite, Cersei from Game of Thrones. All awful killers but broken. On some ridiculous level, you feel sorry for them for that one reason.
I’m not saying all people who have vices are good. I think the thing that makes all of those characters likable is at the core, they are trying to do the right thing for some reason or another and are fully committed to their purpose. You gotta respect that!
Anyone who does bad stuff or is mean to other people just because they can is just a shithead and not likable at all. We all know a few of those, don’t we?
So about those virtues…snoooooooze city! Why does someone want to be virtuous anyway? Does it get you a better place in heaven? I mean, that’s if heaven even exists! Does it give you a golden pass to a better life? Better relationships? I’m thinking about a few people who come to mind that we all know were virtuous and they had horrible lives. They were thrown in prison and even killed.
I don’t consider myself virtuous. I’m not overwrought with vices either. I’m somewhere in the middle, doing what I love, moving towards that which brings me joy and surrendering to that which does not.
I don’t know what you would call this place of between virtues and vices. Maybe being in the present and allowing life to happen instead of trying to control it so much? By the way, control is a vice.
Be virtuous, be full of vices, but whatever you do, just be yourself. Nobody likes a phoney, a fake or a people pleaser!